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Days to Go to the West of Irelands Premier Sporting Event for Women

Date: 02-05-2024

Ballina is well prepared to welcome women from all over Ireland and beyond to the North Mayo capital for the 2nd year in a row for the 15th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 5th May. The Mini Marathon, one of the flagship events around Mayo Day 2024, is expected to attract approx 2,000 participants, supporters, family, friends etc.

The 10-kilometre run / walk and the 2km Mini Mini Primary Schools event is being co-organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Western People, Mayo County Council, Moyvalley Resources,  Ballina and Moy Valley Athletic Clubs, along with the help of 200 or so volunteers. To celebrate Mayo Day 2024 main sponsor are giving a specially designed technical t-shirt to the first 1900 participants. There is a limited number of places still available and entry can be done online at   Entry fee is a nominal €25.

Taking place also on the day immediately after the start of the mini marathon will be the Mini Mini Primary Schools Children’s Fun Run which has grown in popularity with hundreds of school children expected to participate. As per previous years, a special drive to get more teenage girls participating in the main mini marathon event is being promoted through the ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative. Supported by Sport Irelands “Women in Sport” programme, all second level schools in the region are invited to participate in the “Its for Girls” Mini Marathon Challenge. “It’s for Girls” aims to get more girls more physically active, all participants have reduced entry of €10 and the girls will receive a finishers medal, t-shirt and many more surprises too. Teachers and mentors taking part with the girls can avail of the same entry fee.

With the mini-marathon days away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere, the newly renovated Ballina Innovation Quarter / Market Square will incorporate a stage with music, refreshment kiosks, face-painting etc. The Mini Marathon will commence at 12 Noon followed by the Children’s Run at 12.05pm from Pearse St with the Square open to the public from 10.30am – 5pm.

The organisers would like to ask participants and members of the public to be environmentally friendly and utilise recyclable waste bins as well as the race route itself. 

Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday 30th April and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. These are listed below:



Tone St (R-294)  - 9am – 5pm

From its junction with Teeling St, Pound St to its junction with Pearse St, O Rahilly St

Market Road (L-1131) – 9am – 5pm

From its junction with Tone St to the junction with Circular Rd, Humbert St.

Pearse St (R298) – 9am – 5pm

From its junction with Humbert St to the junction with Tone St, Tolan St and O Rahilly St

Note that additional restrictions on the route will be temporary in nature following the progress of the participants of the marathon, and delays may be expected. Please comply with instructions of the stewards for health and safety reasons. It is recommended that visitors to Ballina town arrive early and park in locations to best enjoy the mini marathon and other related events. For information on any of the above restrictions and alternative routes see

For more information on any of the above contact or phone at 086 0828590.

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